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Novermber 2015 - Green schools enjoy fun day with African-themed awards ceremony

Spirits were high as Collect-a-Can treated the winners of the Gauteng National Schools Competition representatives with a fun-filled African-themed awards ceremony earlier this week at Sunset Boma in Midrand.

The air was filled with laughter at Collect-a-Can’s Gauteng school awards ceremony as the crowd was kept entertained with an interactive drumming-performance hosted by the Drum Tribe, which resulted in a truly African experience. Each attendee was given a drum and was taught how to play different rhythms on the drum. In the end, everyone sang along to a song while playing to the beat.

The National Schools Competition runs annually from 01 February to 31 October. Schools are rewarded for collecting the most used cans during the course of the year. The more cans the school collects, the higher their chances are of winning prizes. There are two categories for schools to enter either Category 1 (501 and more learners) or Category 2 (500 and less learners). Category 1 awards large schools for collecting the most cans per school, while Category 2 awards small schools for collecting the most cans per learner.

Overall first prize winners received R25 000 each, second prize bagged themselves R15 000 each, while third place winners walked away with R10 000 each. Winning schools look forward to investing the money back into improving their schools.

Category 1 Regional Winners: 

  • 1st Place -  Itirele Primary School collected 418 720 cans;
  • 2nd Place - Riba Primary School collected 275 360 cans; and
  • 3rd Place - Tswako Primary School collected 110 560 cans.


Category 2 Pretoria and North West Regional Winners:          

  • 1st Place - Hammanskraal Rollerskating Club Morester collected 21 922 cans per skater;
  • 2nd Place - Mmametlhake Rollerskating Club collected 13 442 cans per skater; and
  • 3rd Place - Dirk Postma Kleuterskool collected 10 264 cans per learner.

Category 1: Aeroton and Vanderbijlpark Regional Winners:                

  • 1st Place -  Lekang Primary School  collected 165 762;
  • 2nd Place - Mojala Thuto Primary School collected 139 456; and
  • 3rd Place - Qhoweng Primary School collected 54 320.


Category 2: Aeroton and Vanderbijlpark Regional Winners:

  • 1st Place -  Emfuleni Pre-Primary School collected 510 cans per learners;
  • 2nd Place - Khulani Higher Primary School collected 292 cans per learners; and
  • 3rd Place - Vukazenzele Higher Primary School collected 257 cans per learner.

“The learners, teachers, parents and local communities worked tirelessly throughout the year to collect as many cans as possible to make sure that these schools win their share of R788 800. We decided to treat these green schools and their representatives over and above the prize money received,” says Zimasa Velaphi, marketing and public relations manager of can recovery and recovery organisation, Collect-a-Can.

Collect-a-Can announced that they are planning on revamping the competition to make it more fun and to also reward individual learners for their efforts in collecting the most cans. “All schools are encouraged to participate in next year’s competition to ensure that they don’t miss out on more exciting prizes and another thrilling awards ceremony,” concludes Velaphi.

For more information about Collect-a-Can or the National Schools Competition, visit www.collectacan.co.za.



Caption: [Left image] Artistic skater, Gugulethu Hlatshwayo (left) and team manager, Clementia Modikwe (right) of Hammanskraal Rollerskating Club. Hammanskraal Rollerskating Club won first place in Category 1 for collecting the most cans per skater in their region. They also received the floating trophy for collecting the most cans nationally in their category. [Right image] The Drum Tribe team kept the crowd entertained with an interactive drum-performance, which resulted in a truly African experience.

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